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Tales from the Crypt 

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Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.

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Steven Dodd
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John Kassir ...  Crypt Keeper / ... 93 episodes, 1989-1996
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Half-hour stories with many themes, including; horror, twists, black-magic, sci.-fi. .... Introduced by a puppet called "The Crypt Keeper". A cross between "The Twilight Zone" and modern horror movies. Not suitable for the very young or squeamish. Written by Rob Hartill

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Third's the Word for Fright 'n' Fun! (Season Three USA DVD) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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Tales from the Crypt See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(92 episodes) (40 min (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The show was produced with uncredited association by The Geffen Film Company and Warner Brothers. See more »

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Crypt Keeper: [after cutting someone's ear off with a pair of scissors] Shave and a haircut, two bits!
[laughs hysterically]
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Syndication edits out profanity (either through bleeping or cutting the dialogue altogether) and sex, but leaves all violence intact. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.30 (2016) See more »

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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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This series began quite well but became disappointing.
10 September 2017 | by alexanderdavies-99382See all my reviews

"Tales from the Crypt" was a very good show from the first season to the third one. The 30 minute episodes contain some entertaining stories which are imaginative and well written. Sadly, it was mainly downhill from season 4 onwards. The episodes became poorly plotted and were quite difficult to follow. I was disappointed by the mediocrity that had set in as the shows potential quickly evaporated. For all of that, at least the production values for "Tales from the Crypt" are far better than average and that there are a few talented actors involved. People like Tim Curry, Timothy Dalton, Michael J. Fox, Dan Ackroyd, Kirk Douglas, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Reeve, Leslie Phillips, Lea Thompson amongst others. The show isn't exactly subtle or thought- provoking in particular. The violence, sexual content and foul language are delivered in droves and all this reduces the overall impact. However, there is still room for a twist to the tale. "Rod Serling's Twilight Zone" and to a certain extent, "Night Gallery" demonstrate both of the above attributes. The opening credit sequence is very well done because it is quite spooky. The way the camera glides through an open gate, then entering a big front door and making its way to the crypt in question, gives the distinct impression of guiding the viewers against their will toward the creepy host of the series. I recommend "Tales from the Crypt" for its early episodes but not many others afterwards.


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